• Technical Director

    Location TZ
    Posted Date 1 month ago(12/20/2018 9:04 AM)
    Job ID
    2018-3484
  • Overview

    The Technical Director will provide technical leadership and project oversight in the areas of comprehensive clinical cascade for HIV, Community/Home-Based HIV Testing Services (including partner notification); HIV Self Testing (HIVST), Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP); Community ART services and linkages; STI screening, treatment and periodic presumptive treatment; FP/HIV integration; as well as screening and referrals for presumptive TB, GBV and alcohol/drugs for key and vulnerable populations to an upcoming USAID key and vulnerable populations project. In addition to this scope, the incumbent will also provide technical leadership in implementation of behavioral, gender, as well as economic strengthening activities. The project will operate over a 5-year period. Responsibilities include providing leadership and technical guidance in the development and implementation of combination HIV prevention as  well as care and treatment interventions/activities under the leadership of the Chief of Party and Jhpiego Technical Directors, and utilizing and contributing to cross-cutting approaches, such as in-service and pre-service training, quality improvement and gender integration as well as, annual phasing in of activities This position will ensure the technical and methodological soundness of activities and, in collaboration with the project team and partners, support the design of service delivery strategies, based on sound and current scientific evidence.

     

    This position is contingent upon award from USAID. Tanzanian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

     

    Responsibilities

    Leadership: 

    • Provide technical oversight and ensure appropriate support for the implementation of program activities in HIV combination prevention for key and vulnerable populations, including Partner Notification Plus, Community ART, PrEP, HIVST, HIV/FP integration, and TB as well behavior change and structural interventions
    • Lead the implementation and scale up of structural interventions to prevent HIV among KVPs, including those that address gender inequalities, stigma and discrimination and the legal rights and status of key populations, and economic barriers
    • Support the formulation of approaches for scale up of key and vulnerable population HIV prevention services
    • Develop new/Review evidence-based clinical training materials, job aids, and curricula, supervisory systems and other training materials needed for implementation of the program to meet the needs of USAID and the Government of Tanzania
    • Provide mentoring and capacity building at the individual and organizational level in specific areas of expertise including but not limited to:
      • Expanding community based HTC, task shifting and demand creation, especially aimed at key and vulnerable populations; increasing the percentage of persons tested and counseled for HIV;
      • Facilitating the scale-up of routine, confidential CT services; increasing the number of HIV-infected men, vAGYW, KVPs and their children who access CT services
      • Guide the integration of HIV services with maternal and newborn health, family planning and TB
      • promoting and supporting Partner Notification Plus, couples counseling and other HTS index testing approaches
      • expanding community based HTC, task shifting and demand creation, especially aimed at key and vulnerable populations;
      • increasing the percentage of persons tested and counseled for HIV;
      • increasing knowledge and positive attitudes of community and health care providers toward HIV services to encourage counseling, testing and referrals;
      • increasing knowledge and positive attitudes of patients toward HIV services to expect counseling, testing and referrals;
      • increasing the number of HIV-infected adults with key and vulnerable populations who access CT services
      • facilitating the scale-up of routine, confidential CT services;
      • training lay counselors in household CT and deploying lay counselors in hard-to-reach areas;
      • Formulate locally appropriate IEC/BCC strategies using a mix of effective communication channels, based on national models, templates, and standards based on local analyses
      • Liaise with local media organizations, telecommunications companies, and musical and artistic organizations in developing mass media
      • Guide the local implementation of IEC/BCC activities in both public and private sectors based on demonstrated good practices; and
      • Supervise/support local NGOs in promoting community participation in HIV prevention for key and vulnerable populations as part of integrated community interventions
      • Develop service delivery strategies for accessing hard-to-reach populations, including the identification of opportunities to integrate HIV services with non-health sectors (such as agriculture, democracy, environment, economic reform, private sector enterprises)
    • Provide “train the trainer” sessions, site strengthening, in-service and/or pre-service education, follow-up and supportive supervision to project-supported health facilities, as required by program activities
    • Supervise/support local NGOs/CSO in promoting community participation in HIV prevention for key and vulnerable populations as part of integrated community interventions
    • Coordinate assessments, site strengthening, follow-up and supervision, advocacy, demand creation, policy support, capacity-building and M&E across program sites as required by program activities
    • Actively participate in all Technical Advisory Group Meetings, and represent Jhpiego in professional forums by participating and presenting in pertinent meetings and conferences, as well as technical working groups
    • Analyze potential key and vulnerable population HIV prevention strategies within the context of the program and explain these, as necessary, to policymakers, funding agencies, and/or program staff
    • Work with health care providers, local authorities, community members and program team members to identify [clinical, community-based] service delivery issues that impede access to care
    • Identify appropriate facility- and community-based strategies to address key and vulnerable population HIV prevention service delivery gaps
    • Identify clinical training needs and assist in the design and implementation of measures to address those needs
    • Formulate and test sustainable solutions to [training, service delivery] gaps, utilizing cross-cutting approaches such as performance and quality improvement and in-service training/pre-service education
    • Advocate with national, district and community-level health institutions to raise awareness about their role in improving health outcomes in HIV prevention for key and vulnerable populations
    • Guide MOH, professional associations, other national stakeholders in the revision/development of evidenced-based standards for competency in HIV prevention for key and vulnerable populations
    • Mobilize international level clinical/technical expertise to resolve clinical issues that shape or effect local public policy or program design.
    • Lead the design of the professional development pathway for local health care providers
    • Collaborate with all local stakeholders and implementing partners, especially the Ministry of Health and other US and international implementing partners, in order to ensure that all activities conform to the requirements and regulations
    • Contributes to strengthening the referral system.
    • Conduct regular reporting to the Chief of Party, and program and technical staff, of successes, challenges and lessons learned in implementation related to areas of technical expertise
    • Document and maintain an inventory of successful tools and approaches for HIV prevention for key and vulnerable populations
    • Contribute to the development of business proposals, technical reports and publications as they relate to HIV prevention for key and vulnerable populations
    • Author and co-author abstracts and presentations for journals and conference

    Management:

    • Supervise technical staff
    • Manage technical contributions of subgrantees, including providing scopes of work
    • Maintain excellent relationships with USAID and in-country stakeholders and develop rapid responses to USAID/DC and Mission requests
    • Work with external consultants as required
    • Work closely with the Country Director on setting program priorities and directions, and responding to requests for support from local counterparts.
    • Work with M&E staff to design, implement a plan to track data/results related to HIV prevention for key and vulnerable populations
    • Provide technical leadership to the development the project strategic plan, work plan, and program monitoring, in close collaboration with [MOH, Donor name, other stakeholders]
    • Ensure timely implementation of all program inputs related to HIV prevention for key and vulnerable populations, including planning and implementing assessments, site strengthening, follow-up and supervision, advocacy, demand creation, policy support, capacity-building and M&E across program sites, in close coordination and collaboration with USAID, relevant ministries of health
    • Assist in the preparation of donor reports and project reports
    • Oversee data collection, analysis and development of conclusions and recommendations to further strengthen program implementation
    • Ensure availability of resources/facilitate the procurement of equipment and supplies required for project implementation
    • Coordinate and monitor the efficiency and effectiveness of the work of short-term consultants as required

    Required Qualifications

    • A medical degree (doctor or nursing) required, Master’s in Public Health preferred in addition
    • At least 10 years’ experience applying HIV prevention strategies, four of which should be targeted to key and vulnerable populations
    • At least 5 years’ experience in managing $3 million in donor-funded projects and in the design and implementation of overseas health projects; preferably in the East and Southern Africa region
    • Experience training health workers on clinical aspects related to HIV prevention for key and vulnerable populations
    • Experience building capacity at individual and organizational levels;
    • Skill in at least two or more of the following technical areas: strengthening service delivery programs, training, pre-service education, performance and quality improvement, monitoring and evaluation
    • Experience with a mix of practical technical skills in HIV prevention necessary for strengthening service delivery at the regional, national, clinical and community-level
    • Experience with key and vulnerable populations and addressing gender
    • The ability to liaise with senior MOH officials and dignitaries, executives of NGOs, FBOs, CBOs, the for-profit business community, and senior members of the donor community;
    • Demonstrated in-depth understanding of Tanzania healthcare system, particularly the public health system, experience living and working in Tanzania preferred
    • Strong oral and written communication and presentations skills in English; working knowledge Swahili is preferred but not essential;
    • Strong skills in word processing and Excel spread sheets;
    • Familiarity with USAID or other USG administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems;
    • Proven track record managing a project team composed of several technical experts and fostering team work
    • Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity in national programs and technical staff in the areas
    • Ability to travel up to 40% time

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